Date: For Immediate Release
Phone: 518-771-3340
Contact: Brian Keeler

The Stissing Center Announces Second Season of
LIVE! from The Stissing Center!

Pine Plains, NY: The Stissing Center is thrilled to announce the second season of LIVE! from The Stissing Center!, their chamber music series. The initial performance will be on Sunday, June 27 at 4:00 pm, and will mark the first in-person concert in the Center since the COVID lockdown.

“Needless to say, this is a huge and exciting milestone for us,” said Executive Director, Brian Keeler. “Re-opening our doors has been a long time coming, and it’s the first step toward offering a slate of wonderful events in the Fall.”

“I am thrilled to be working with The Stissing Center for a second year,” said TSC’s Director of Chamber Music and curator of the series, Sophia Zhou. “Last year we had amazing talent appear in our virtual LIVE! series, and now everyone will get a chance to experience those talents in person.”

Bulgarian violinist, Bella Hristova, will kick off the series with a solo violin concert on June 27th. Acclaimed for her passionate, powerful performances, beautiful sound, and compelling command of her instrument, Hristova is a young musician with a growing international career. The Strad has praised, “Every sound she draws is superb,” and The Washington Post wrote Bella is “a player of impressive power and control.”

Also scheduled to appear in this series throughout the Summer and Fall:

  • After an unforgettable performance last year, Israeli pianist/conductor Benjamin Hochman returns to The Stissing Center and performs a solo piano recital
  • Featuring works by Beethoven, Debussy and Schumann. Internationally-acclaimed pianist Shai Wosner is the newest faculty member of Bard College Conservatory of Music. He will present his rendition of the iconic Beethoven Diabelli Variations
  • Rising star musicians from the Carnegie Ensemble Connect program, American violinist Stephanie Zyzak and Swiss clarinet player Yasmina Spiegelberg
  • Classical pianist and Chamber Music Director Sophia (Shuhui) Zhou returns for her second season with The Stissing Center

Tickets must purchased in advance and are available online at (General public: $25, Students: $5)

“The health and safety of our guests is of paramount importance to us. Up-to-date CDC and NYS Covid guidelines will be adhered to at this in-person indoor event,” added Keeler.

Bella Hristova’s appearances with orchestras in recent seasons include the New York String Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, the Orchestra of St. Luke’s with Pinchas Zukerman at Lincoln Center, the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Chautauqua, Columbus, Hawaii, Kansas City, Milwaukee and Winnipeg symphonies as well as orchestras in Asia, Europe, Latin America and New Zealand. In recital, Ms. Hristova has performed at some of the premier venues in the world, including Carnegie Hall, Merkin Concert Hall, the Isabella Gardner Museum in Boston, and Kennedy Center. In 2017 she toured New Zealand, performing and recording Beethoven’s 10 Sonatas with renowned pianist Michael Houstoun. A sought-after chamber musician, Ms. Hristova performs frequently with The Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center and is an alum of The Bowers Program.

Ms. Hristova’s recording Bella Unaccompanied (A.W. Tonegold Records) features works for solo violin by John Corigliano, Kevin Puts, Piazzolla, Milstein, and J. S. Bach, and her Naxos release of de Bériot solo works received impressive critical recognition. A passionate proponent of new music and composers, Ms. Hristova commissioned iconic American composer Joan Tower, to write “Second String Force” for Unaccompanied Violin, which she premiered and performed throughout the US. Her husband, acclaimed composer David Serkin Ludwig was commissioned by a consortium of eight major orchestras across the United States to write a violin concerto for her, which she continues to actively perform.

She is the recipient of numerous prizes and awards, including a 2013 Avery Fisher Career Grant, First Prize in the 2009 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, First Prize in the 2007 Michael Hill International Violin Competition in New Zealand, and was a Laureate of the 2006 International Violin Competition of Indianapolis.

Born in Pleven, Bulgaria to Russian and Bulgarian parents, Ms. Hristova began violin studies at the age of six. At twelve, she participated in master classes with Ruggiero Ricci at the Mozarteum in Salzburg. In 2003, she entered the famed Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she studied with Ida Kavafian. She received her Artist Diploma with Jaime Laredo at Indiana University in 2010.

Ms. Hristova lives in Philadelphia with her husband and their beloved cats. She performs on a 1655 Nicolò Amati violin.

The Stissing Center would like to acknowledge the Patrons of
Live! from The Stissing Center! 2021

Bindy and Stephen Kaye
Irene and Jack Banning
Daniel Brown
Gladys Bucove
Lillian and Peter Corbin
Wendy Curtis
Charlene and Peter Gay
Juliet Heyer
Diana King
Lois Mander
Martha and Michael Nesbitt
Elizabeth Shequine
Sarah and David Stack
Peter Tcherepnine
Felicitas Thorn
Hester and Charles Weeden
Helen Warwick

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The Stissing Center is a DBA of Pine Plains Memorial Hall, Inc. (PPMH), a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization based in Pine Plains, New York.